Here is a listing of upcoming holiday-themed events across northwest Illinois.
Community Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Big Red Church, 311 Second Ave., Sterling.
Ugly Sweater Party, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Sterling Theater, includes showing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Sights and Sounds Christmas Walk, 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in Sterling. Santa’s arrival on Locust Street, Santa’s Workshop with free children’s activities, tree lighting at 5:30 p.m., horse and carriage rides starting at 5:30 p.m., inflatable Wonderland selfie stations, late-night shopping and dining, fireworks over downtown riverfront at 8 p.m.
Christmas Walk at the Dillon Home, Dec 2-4. Guided tours on hour 2-6 p.m. Dec. 2 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3-4. Festive decorations, Northwestern Steel and Wire display. General admission $5.50.
Discover Dixon’s Christmas Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 across six blocks of downtown Dixon. KSB Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 p.m., KSB Hospital, 403 E. First St. Shopping, music and demonstrations.
Fulton Christmas Walk, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and Walk at Heritage Canyon, noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 3. Live nativity 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at de Immigrant Windmill and Windmill Cultural Center, First Street and 10th Avenue.
Holiday wood cutout class. 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 a.m. Dec. 3, The Serenity Shed, 113 N. Third St., Oregon. $30 to $55.
A Candle in the Window, 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 2 p.m. Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 10., Polo Community Theater, Polo Town Hall.
It’s a Wonderful Life, Dec. 2-3, Morrison Music Theatre Association, Bethesda Lutheran Church, 301 W. South St., Morrison
Mount Carroll Christmas, Courthouse Square, Mount Carroll. Tree lighting, 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Santa and Mrs. Claus at the library, 208 N. Main St. Farmers Market at Kraft Building, Market and Main, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3. Christmas Walk, 9 a.m., Dec. 3.
Miracle on Second Street festival, Dec. 2, downtown Byron.
Christmas in the Country, 9 a.m. Dec. 2 and 7 a.m. Dec. 3, Forreston. Dec. 2 events include holiday lights, caroling, hay wagon tours, parade and Santa tree lighting 6 p.m. at Memorial Park. Dec. 3 events include prayer breakfast, Community Christmas concert at 3:30 followed by soup supper.
Dixon Municipal Band Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Dec. 3, James A. Wiltz Auditorium, Dixon.
Ashton Christmas Walk, 4-7 p.m. Dec. 3, Main Street and other locations in Ashton. Lion’s Club chili supper, St. John’s preschool cookie walk, horse-drawn wagons, parade with Santa and Grinch, vendor fair at AFC Junior High gymnasium.
Morrison Christmas Walk, 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 3, Morrison. Parade at 6 p.m.
Festival of Lights, 5 p.m. Dec. 3, downtown campus, Mt. Morris. Parade and downtown decoration lighting.
Polo Christmas Festival, 8:30 a.m., Dec. 3. Morning events include breakfast with Santa, shop local, and craft vendor show. Afternoon events include trolly rides, winter carnival, and games with the Santa tree lighting at 5 p.m. In the evening, there will be wagon rides, a dinner, and Spontaneous Combustion Barbershop Quartet.
Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Wild Rose Casino and Hotel, Clinton, Iowa.
Christmas in the Village, 3-6 p.m. Dec. 4, Sublette. Craft vendors, shopping, lighted parade from Centennial Park to Main Street, Santa, Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m.
Oregon High School Madrigals, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5, Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon; registration required 815-0732-3252
Santa & Mrs. Claus, Old Settlers Cabin, Dixon, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10.
Cocoa and Cards Holiday Open House, 4 p.m., Dec. 9, Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon.
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some), 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Performing Arts Guild, Pinecrest Grove Theatre, 500 Evergreen Lane, Mt. Morris.
Oregon High School Madrigal Dinner, 6 p.m., Dec. 9-10, Brubaker Center, Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center, north of Oregon.
Twelve Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl to benefit April House, 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at The Cooler, Sterling.
Holidays with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Vernon Cook Theater, Clinton High School, Clinton, Iowa.
The First Christmas Tour with Riley Clemmons, 6 p.m. Dec. 10, $10, New Life Lutheran Church, 702 W. Lynn Boulevard, Sterling
Denny Diamond Christmas, 1 p.m., Dec. 12. $5., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon
Oregon Junior High Christmas program, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon
Holiday Fun, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Dixon Public Library.
Madrigals Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 16, Dixon High School cafeteria
Sweet Reminder, 1 p.m. Dec. 16, $8, Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon
Photo with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, 1-4 p.m., Dec. 17, Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, 810 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Seasonal drinks and treats, free photograph.
The Prophecy Show: The Music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dec. 30, Dixon Theatre, 114 S. Galena Ave.
Light up the Park, Prophetstown State Park, East Riverside Drive, Prophetstown, Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 2-Dec. 23.
Erie Hometown Christmas, 3-8 p.m., Dec. 3-Jan. 5, Downtown Erie.
Scrooge the Comedy, Dec. 3-17, White Pines Dinner Theatre, 6712 W. Pines Road, Mount Morris
Holiday Light Display, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sundays through Dec. 23, Centennial Park, Rock Falls.
Savanna Festival of Trees, noon-5 p.m. weekends and 4-7 p.m. weekdays, through Dec. 12, Savanna Museum and Cultural Center.
Festival of Trees, Dec. 1-31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Byron Museum of History, 110 N. Union Street, Byron.
Branson on the Road, Christmas Style, Dec. 1, White Pines Dinner Theatre, 6712 W. Pines Road, Mount Morris
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings, Dec. 1-11, Timber Lake Playhouse, 8215 Black Oak Road, Mount Carroll.
Winter Farmers Market, Dec. 17, Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Loveland Community House, 513 W. Second St., Dixon. 815-284-2741 for information about booth rental.
Rock Falls Tour of Lights House Decorating Contest. Register at Rock Falls Tourism at 603 W. 10th St. or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. Dec. 12. Contest categories: most extravagant, best theme, best use of lights. Display lights must be visible 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Vote at the Visit Rock Falls Facebook Page or at City Hall. Winners announced Dec. 21.
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